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The Case for Social Policy

ByBernard E. Anderson

Social policy is the legislative and administrative law aimed at reducing poverty, broadening economic opportunities and protecting basic rights. Critics of social policy say structural unemployment is a problem of labor supply rather than labor demand. Self-help by the black community will not reduce structural unemployment, increase a quality housing stock, raise academic test scores, or improve health care for poor black children or the elderly. The black conservatives differ among themselves in their analysis of race in contemporary America, and in their policy prescriptions, but their common aversion to a significant role for government in addressing remaining problems of racial inequality in American life is a unifying theme. When thinking about the connection between government and the social progress of racial minorities, it is not only helpful, but essential to remember that the role of government as protector of the national interest was accepted from the beginning of the Republic and has been reaffirmed on numerous occasions since then.